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[gavel] >> good afternoon, welcome to the san francisco board of supervisors meeting of tuesday, june the 25th, 2013. madam clerk, could you please call the roll? >> supervisor avalos? avalos present. supervisor breed? breed present. supervisor campos? campos present. supervisor chiu? chiu present. supervisor cohen? cohen present. supervisor farrell? farrell present. supervisor kim?
kim present. supervisor mar? mar present. supervisor tang? tang present. supervisor wiener? wiener present. supervisor yee? yee present. mr. president, all members are present. >> thank you. ladies and gentlemen, could you please join us in the pledge of allegiance? i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands; one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. >> colleagues, we have our meeting minutes from the may 21st, 2013 board meeting minute. could i have a motion to approve those minutes in motion by supervisor mar, seconded by supervisor cohen. [gavel] >> madam clerk, do we have any communications? >> there are no communications, mr. president. >> i have one quick announcement. as i think many of you know, tomorrow at 7:00 a.m., west
coast time, 10:00 a.m. east coast time, the supreme court is expected to announce their decision regarding marriage equality and i just want to make an announcement that tomorrow at 7:00 a.m., the mayor, our lieutenant governor, city attorney and members of the board of supervisors will be gathering at 7:00 a.m. in the rotunda at city hall to discuss this decision, however it turns out. and, of course, i think i speak for all of us in saying we very much hope the supreme court will do the right thing for equality and civil rights. with that, madam clerk, why don't we move to our consent agenda. >> items 1 through 11 the consent calendar are considered routine. if a member objects, an item may be removed and considered separately. >> colleagues, would anyone like to sever any items? roll call vote on items 1 through 11. >> supervisor tang? tang aye. supervisor wiener? wiener aye. supervisor yee? yee aye. supervisor avalos? avalos aye. supervisor breed? breed aye. supervisor campos?
campos aye. supervisor chiu? chiu aye. supervisor cohen? cohen aye. supervisor farrell? farrell aye. supervisor kim? kim aye. supervisor mar? mar aye. there are 11 ayes. >> those ordinances are finally passed. [gavel] >> madam clerk, could you call items 12 and 13 related to the interim budget? >> items 12 and 13 are the interim proposed budgets for the annual appropriation ordinance and the annual salary ordinance for the fiscal years ending june 30th in 2014 and 2015. >> colleagues, same house same call? without objection, these ordinances are finally passed. [gavel] >> item 14. >> item 14 is a resolution authorizing the department of technology to enter into the seventh amendment of the city-wide 800 megahertz radio system project agreement with mort to increase the contract amount to $24 million for the period of september 22nd, 1997 through september 21st, 2017. >> same house same call? ~ this resolution is adopted. [gavel] >> item 15. >> item 15 is a resolution
authorizing the mayor's office of housing to execute a local operating subsidy program grant agreement with mercy housing to provide housing sudsction difficulties for formerly homeless households at 225 berry street, mission creek senior community for 15 year year period an amount not to exceed 11.5 million. >> same house same call? this resolution is adopted. [gavel] >> item 16. >> item 16 is a resolution directing the mayor's office of housing to execute a local operating subsidy grant agreement with third and la cont & associates for homeless households for a 15 year period in an amount not to exceed approximately 13 million. >> same house same call? this resolution is adopted. [gavel] ~ >> next item. >> item 17 is a resolution authorizing the director of the mayor's office of housing to execute a local operating subsidy program grant agreement with 25 essex to provide subsidies for formerly homeless households at 25 essex street,
the rene apartments, for 15 year period for an amount not to exceed 18 million. >> colleagues, same house same call? this resolution is adopted. [gavel] >> why don't we call 18 and 19 related to advertising. >> items 18 is a resolution designating the examiner and the san francisco chronicle to be the official newspapers of the city and county of san francisco for aloe official advertising for fiscal year 2013 through '14. item 19 is a resolution designating the following newspapers to be the outreach newspapers for the following respective communities for san francisco, the small business exchange for the african-american chinese and hispanic communities, the bay area reporter for the lesbian gay bisexual and transgender communities, central city extra for the central city neighborhood north side publications, marina times for the northern san francisco neighborhood and the west portal monthly for the west portal neighborhood to provide outreach advertising for fiscal year 13-14. >> supervisor avalos. >> thank you, president chiu.
colleagues, i wanted to single out item number 19. it seems like every year in budget committee we always have a little bit of a pile up about what we're going to do around outreach advertising in more of our neighborhood and ethnic media. i actually asked the clerk of the board to tell us what seems most efficient for them. i also wanted to hear from them how we've been able to measure the response to putting in outreach advertising in various papers. so, i want to give it to the clerk of the board to be able to tell us some of the bindings on that and the types of effective outreach we'll be able to do, if any, and like to hear your response to my questions. >> madam clerk? >> thank you, supervisor avalos. thank you, mr. president. item 19, of course, designates the examiner and the chronicle as the official newspapers which would carry our official or legal advertising. item 19 is the item wherein
which the city publishes its advertisements to advertise the city services that are occurring in all of our different departments. based upon the discussion at the budget and finance committee last week, i understand there may be a desire for supervisors to add additional newspapers to the already five neighborhood newspapers that are included in item 19. and there was a concern at the committee that the fund called the outreach advertising revenue fund may not be able to build the cost if we were to add those new newspapers. essentially, oca estimates that about 220,000 is in or will be in the advertising revenue fund which would mean 10% of that or 22,000 would be what we would have to pay for that advertising. and just for a brief background, the administrative code states that 10% of all the revenue paid in each official newspaper shall be deposited
into this fund which solely supports the costs associated with the outreach advertisement. it's a provision that was set in 1994. over the past two decades online media has expanded, ~ as ~ the general expenditures city-wide have decreased and specifically the board as the largest user of official noticing has decreased its own budget from 1 million to today's $40,000, which resulted in a significant reduction to the outreach advertising fund. we estimate that in 13-14 that 10% will not be able to fund the planned outreach. this constrained budget combined with the varied publication cycles of the neighborhood newspapers, some are biweekly, some are monthly, some are even quarterly, has not even allowed for the required weekly publication. the average advertising is generally, if this fiscal public year monthly or every other month.
clearly the administrative code should be revised as the reliance on the revenue deposited the 10% is now become insufficient. i suggest an interim solution which would allow for me to -- my office to work with the city purchaser to conduct research and present revisions to the outreach advertising program for the board's consideration. as part of the interim solution, i suggest enhancing the outreach fund by 40,000 and the next fiscal year with salary savings from the current fiscal year which have accumulated due to staff turn over. with the board's permission, i will submit an ordinance this afternoon which would allow for the consideration of a $40,000 transfer to provide a budget of approximately 62,000, which is more than sufficient funding for the five community newspapers that are before you, but would be necessary if this board added additional newspapers, such as those
referenced at the committee. if it is the intention of the board to add additional newspapers, then item 19 could be amended today to include the selected additional newspapers and include the resolution as amended. of course, later today i'll submit the ordinance which would then go to the budget and finance committee where we could discuss the $40,000 enhancement as directed by the board today. and finally, in six months i'm happy to report back to the budget committee where we can talk about the market research that we're willing to conduct over the next six months to determine the efficacy of the value that the public receives through these advertisements. >> supervisor avalos? >> thank you. i think the million dollar question or perhaps the $22,000 question is what we learned about the effectiveness about this outreach that we're doing through our newspapers. and your office has done some work towards that end, looking at a survey to people who would
look at these sections of the newspapers and what has the response been? >> approximately two years ago, supervisor avalos, when we were amending the official advertising for the city, we conducted market research in both the chronicle, the examiner and all of the outreach neighborhoods at that time. six months, we had sentences in these newspapers such as is this helpful to you? are you reading this? what would you like to see? what services are important to you for us to advertise? and we did not receive but one phone call from an individual asking if we could enlarge the font size in the chronicle. >> okay. so, you know, i wanted to ask this question because i wanted to determine whether we wanted to actually include other newspapers, whether we need to actually increase our overall budget to do advertising. and i'm not convince that had it's the right thing to do. if people are not actually using these outlets to get information about the goings on
at city hall, maybe it's not necessary to actually augment what we're doing and we can just go -- if we're by law required to do with outreach, we discontinue with the current format that we have. so, i was literally considering adding journals [speaker not understood], perhaps spanish language. given what we've seen so far, there hasn't been a response and there are lots of other ways that people can engage with what's happening at city hall, i don't think it's necessary to make that amendment now. now, if it's compelling to be able to have a more robust budget, i could consider that separately from any other newspaper and just what your needs would be to do that outreach if [speaker not understood] to do that is necessary. >> currently, supervisor, for those responsive newspapers that are participating and are
before you today, the budget to fund those five responsive newspapers would be approximately $21,000 if we were to publish once a month for 12 months. >> thank you. >> which the fund [speaker not understood]. >> okay, thank you. >> thank you. president chiu. >> thank you. and i want to echo supervisor avalos's comments. i think that the research that our clerk's office will be doing in short order should hopefully inform us as to whether this is advertising that needs to continue. i do, though, think that until that happens, i assume they'll continue to proceed as we have been. and if we do, i would like to ensure that both [speaker not understood] are included. i understand that they did submit responsive bids and the only reason that those bids were deemed unresponsive was because those two publications are not published in san francisco. but given their significant readership within san francisco, the fact that they
cover san francisco city hall regularly, and that a lot of folks read them, i want to make sure if we're going to do anything that we include them. but i'm wondering if there is a way to potentially amend this resolution to give us the flexibility later on down the line if it turns out that your information shows that we should go about things a different way. we can make that decision for all the newspapers as we move forward. >> certainly, mr. president. you've made a motion. it could be seconded and we could amend the newspapers that are before the board right now. >> so, is there a second for that motion? >> just -- clarify the motion? >> i think my motion would be two things. first of all, to add the two chinese newspapers, world journal and [speaker not understood], but also to state that this is in place not necessarily for the entire fiscal year, but until -- sorry, i need to pull up the resolution language in froth of me -- to provide outreach advertising for fy-2013 to 2014
until the clerk of the board recommends another path that the board of supervisors adopts, perhaps some language to that effect. ~ >> so, that motion has been seconded by supervisor yee. i know it's not the most artful language, but that's the the intent of what i'm trying to achieve. >> supervisor farrell? >> thank you. on the motion if we are going to amend the two papers, i think there were a number of other papers before us that were not asian outreach, to include them all. there is hispanic outreach, african-american outreach that target different groups in san francisco. if we're going to do two, let's do those in front of committee. we had a nice debate about that in in committee the other day. i suggest if we do it to be inclusive at this point in time and based pop the evaluation going forward. ~ >> i am more than happy to do that. i apologize, i didn't watch the tape of the meeting but i certainly agree with that intent. >> it seems there is consensus on that, colleagues, i see no -- supervisor kim. >> since i wasn't able to watch the budget committee meeting either, what is the full list of the other newspapers?
i definitely support world journal and [speaker not understood]. i know they have wide readership and it certainly has really high penetration rates among the chinese reading community. but i'm curious as to what the other newspapers were. >> i could answer that, supervisor mar, it is that happen okay. >> [speaker not understood]. >> [speaker not understood], san francisco bayview, the western addition, potrero view, and el repatero. >> thank you. any other comments, colleagues? supervisor cohen. >> thank you very much. it's more of a question or point of clarification. we're going to be voting on a list of publications today. will there be another opportunity in the future to add to this list or is this it? >> madam clerk? >> through the chair to supervisor cohen, today would be the day that you should add the additional publications for us to -- we're actually going to be begin very quickly, very soon, next week. >> i also want to make sure you
have the bayview newspaper on that list, san francisco bayview. >> yes. >> they're here. >> great. what with about the san francisco post? ~ >> i do not have any information on the san francisco post. if there is a member of the department from oca here who can speak to whether or not they actually applied for the competitive process. >> okay. i don't want to prolong the vote, so -- >> okay. >> so, you don't want to prolong the vote? >> i don't want to prolong the vote so -- as long as the bayview newspaper is on there, that's fine. thank you. >> so, colleagues, we have the amendments proposed by president chiu, supervisor avalos, and then supervisor breed. supervisor breed? >> just for clarity, we are adding all of the other newspapers that were listed that we discussed in budget and
finance committee in addition to what's already been submitted before us for approval. okay, thank you. >> thank you. supervisor avalos? >> so, thank you, colleague. i did ~ didn't want to open up pandora's box. didn't know what would happen, wasn't so bad. i do think we're going to be adding these newspapers to the list, we should be looking at augmenting the budget. that $21,000 we spent during the current year will be sufficient to cover all of these. that's a trade-off. and then also to realize that more than anything, we can be providing a subsidy for these newspapers because i'm not sure this has been an adequate method of doing outreach or it's actually a method of outreach is actually engaging the public. we can actually continue with the survey the next six months to determine what the outcomes of our outreach are through that process. but i would support then if we're adding newspapers,
augmenting the budget and we'll work with your office to make that happen. >> thank you, supervisor avalos. through the chair, i will provide you a copy of the ordinance that we are submitting today. >> supervisor farrell. >> thank you, supervisor mar. so, just to clarify, maybe i can make a new motion to include all the papers that were not only current on the list, but the papers that i mentioned as well which included the full list from our budget and finance committee, if we can add those to the list on item 19, so i'll make that motion. >> okay. that's a friendly amendment to supervisor chiu's -- >> yes, i'm happy to have that be part of the motion that i made. >> and the seconder is okay with that? okay. so, colleagues, on the amendments by president chiu as amended, can we take that same house same call? thank you. [gavel] >> and now on the item itself, can we take that same house same call without objection? thank you. [gavel] >> as amended. mr. president, we have item 18 before us still.
>> okay. colleagues, can we take item 18 same house same call? without objection, that resolution is adopted. [gavel] >> why don't we go to our mous, item 20. >> item 20 is an ordinance adopting and implementing amendment number 1 to the 2012 through 14 collective bargaining agreement between the city and the sheriff's managers and supervisors association implementing specified term and conditions of employment for fiscal year 2013 through 14. a colleagues, can we do this same house same call? this ordinance is passed in the first reading. [gavel] >> item 21. >> item 21 is an ordinance adopting amendment number 1 [speaker not understood] between the city and the deputy sheriff apartments association by implementing specified terms of employment for fiscal year 2013 through 14. ~ >> colleagues, same house same call? this ordinance is passed in the first reading. [gavel] >> next item. >> item 22 is an ordinance adopting and implementing amendment number 1 through the 2012-14 bargaining agreement
between the city and the service employees international union local 10 to 1. >> colleagues, same house same call? this ordinance is passed on the first read. [gavel] >> time 23. >> item 23, ordinance fixing [speaker not understood] compensation subject to the provisions of the charter section a8 4 09 and job codes not represented by an employee organization and establishing working schedules and conditions of employment and methods of payment effective july 1st, 2013. >> colleagues, can we take this item same house same call? this ordinance is passed on the first read. [gavel] >> next item. >> item 24 is an ordinance amending the zoning map [speaker not understood] from public to urban mixed use and making environmental findings ~ >> colleagues, same house same call? this ordinance is passed on the first read. [gavel] >> madam clerk, can you call items 25 and 26 having to do with see aquae? ~ c-e-q-a? >> item 25 is [speaker not understood].
revisions in the california environmental quality act and to update and clarify certain procedures, appeals, and public noticing requirements. pardon me, mr. chair. item 26 is an ordinance amending administrative code chapter 31 to provide for appeals under the c-e-q-a act to the board of supervisors of environmental impact reports, negative declarations, exemption determinations, and determinations on modified projects to clarify and update existing procedures. >> supervisor wiener. >> thank you, mr. president. after many, many public hearings, these items are now at the full board of supervisors. at the last land use committee hearing we had discussed amendments to item 26 which is the legislation that i have authored and president chiu, you outlined several amendments which over time supportive. and i think at this point those
amendments are still in process and, so, i move to continue both items 25 and 26 to our next meeting, which i believe is july 9. >> july 9th. >> supervisor wiener has made a motion to continue these items to two weeks to the ninth. is there a second to that? seconded by supervisor kim. supervisor wiener, any other comments? supervisor kim. >> thank you. actually, i just want to clarify items 26 and 27 that we will be making a motion to continue. >> actually 25 and 26. >> i must have an old agenda. >> mr. president, we did revise the agenda, so, that accounts for the issue. >> my apologies. i must have printed out the agenda last week when it first came out. i'm sorry, items 25 and 26. >> that's correct. >> and wanted to support that motion to continue. want to acknowledge our co-sponsor that may not have been engaged with us at the land use committee, supervisor campos, avalos, mar and yee and
really happy with the direction that both legislationses are moving in. i think we're certainly coming into a single document that addresses many of our concerns. of course, it is a compromise and i'm happy to see that we are moving forward with this and look forward to the final document in two weeks. >> thank you. and i want to thank my colleagues on the land use committee for all their work. i think at this point we've had 11 public meetings on this topic and hopefully we'll be resolving this soon. but with that, colleagues, on the motion to continue, can we take that without objection? without objection, this item will be continued to july the ninth, these two items will be continued to the ninth. [gavel] >> colleagues, we do have one 2:30 special commendation which is actually mine, and i'd like to move to that for a few minutes. and i'd like to invite up to the podium susan wong. ms. wong, are you able to join us at the podium? colleagues, i am really delighted to present this
commendation to a woman who has truly exemplified bravery and courage. and you know that during these 2:30 special commendationses we have a lot of superlatives that we provide to the men and women who we honor. but those qualities of courage and bravery are accolades that i do not give lightly. susan wong is a brave woman who helped the city successfully capture and convict four suspects in the so-called chinese busing scam case. you may have read in the newspapers that there had been so-called busing scams or ghost scams that have occurred for the past year in san francisco and in cities around the world. there have been seniors within the chinese community who have been targeted by scamers who claim to ward off evil spirits by making blessings of residents money and jewelry and then run off with valuables. and in san francisco, an estimated $1.5 million of money
and property have been stolen. some of you may have seen a few weeks ago there was a cover story by the sf weekly that described how mrs. wong saved the day. she was one of a number of people who were approached by a group of scamers at the alemeny farmers market. she remembered the public 1740ses she heard about the scams. she went to ingleside police station to make the report and the police were able on hader information to intercept the scamers as they were in the process of running off with another senior's life savings of $47,000. because of mrs. wong's information and her courage, the district attorney's office became the first da's office in the country to successfully prosecute this type of fraud. i want to thank the da's office, da gas cone and i and others. we have kicked off a public awareness campaign to make sure that future victims of these scams are minimized. but, of course, and i really
want to thank and be grateful for the collaboration between the police department organizations, i guess of state, sf safe, district attorney's office , my office to raise awareness to help future mrs. wong's protect themselves and put an end to these scams. but today i'd like to take a moment and commend mrs. wong for your bravery, for thinking quickly on your feet, and for standing up for yourself and for countless others who have been targeted by these scams. before i ask mrs. wong to accept this award, i'd like to ask representative from our da's office mike sullivan to say a few words and also make a presentation. >> thank you, supervisor. the district attorney is unavailable today because he's testifying in sacramento on some key legislation, so, i'm privilege today present this award on behalf of him. i had the privilege of prosecuting the case. we took it to trial and i should say as a prosecutor you should be benefited by witnesses like this that come forward. the only thing i would add to
the fact, supervisor, once mrs. wong had been targeted by these criminals, she went to ingleside station and not only did she report the crime immediately, but she was also willing and acted as a dee coy at the alemeny farmers market and san francisco police department did an outstanding job in doing surveillance around her, waited for the criminals to return, and it was during that surveillance that they were able to identify this other victim and retrieve her life savings after it had been stolen from her, approximately $50,000. with that said, the district attorney's office and on behalf of the people, we'd like to recognize ms. wong as a community hero. thank you. >> thank you. and, mrs. wong, is there anything that you'd like to add?
[speaking through interpreter] >> dear madams and sisters -- >> bring the mic closer so we can hear both of you. >> how are you? she said my name is susan wong and i did what any good citizen and good samaritan would do. something that we should all do. i know that a lot of elderly people work hard for their money and they save only a little bit. and let the tricksters take all their money.
and it's a very hurtful situation for them. and she feels really bad for them. so, she really wants to tell them that if you don't know these people and they come to you and they talk to you about money and jewelry and gold, then they're not good people and you shouldn't talk to them. and you shouldn't believe them. and you should find a way to talk to the police and call them. these people that --